Tiger hasn’t played a competitive round of golf since the Wyndham Championship in September 2015 and had stated he would make his comeback in this Octobers Safeway Open. 3 days before the event he withdrew and was reported to be playing in Turkey this week but withdrew again. Now he’s supposed to be playing in the Hero World Challenge the first week in December in the Bahamas. Not a bad place to make a comeback but whether he makes it or not is still up in the air.
There have been several false dawns since his two back surgeries but those who have spotted him on the range have testified that he seems to be hitting it very well. He is now 40 and it would be an amazing achievement to come back and beat jack Nicklaus’s Major record of 18 victories.
Golf has been very fortunate in that with Jason Day, Rory Mcilroy, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson it has been a good year for professional golf. However, despite their brilliance, television ratings are down and that’s a worry because it’s the television revenue that generates the massive prize money available on the tour. There is no doubt that should Tiger play in the Bahamas there will be a massive increase in viewers and if by some chance should he win it will start a media frenzy of seismic proportions that can only be good for the game of golf.
Since he burst onto the scene under Butch Harmon’s tutelage Tiger has dominated the game and it has been amazing to see him move through different coaches in his endless search for perfection considering he was so far ahead of the game in his early years. Instead of getting better he has suffered numerous injuries that have halted his progress and many people believe that his injuries have been caused by the stress he has put on his body in his attempts to improve. How do you get better than his historic win in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach where he decimated the field to win by 15 strokes? It seems that just like all golfers Tiger Woods is always searching for a better way of playing the game. Most of us fail but for the good of the game it would be good to see Tiger get somewhere near his best and get into contention with the current crop of younger superstars.
What’s your view? Will Tiger ever make it back towards the top?